Morning Briefing

The Philippines is one of the nations most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and it is one of the first to mobilize in response to Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si'.

Archdiocese of Chicago responds to Laudato Si'  with campaign to make buildings as energy efficient as possible.

Commentary: To combat police terrorism, study the response to the church's abuse crisis.

Editorial: Pope Francis' exhortation to walk on the margins makes us squirm.

Case of accused Louisiana shooter shows problems with gun check procedures.

Federal prisons recognize humanism as a religion. Adherents  can now celebrate "Darwin Day."

New Pew study on most and least diverse religious groups. According to the calculations used, top five most diverse religious groups: 7th Day Adventist, Muslim, Jehovah's Witness, Buddhist, 'Nothing in Particular.' Sixth on the scale is Catholic, which is almost identical to the next category, 'All U.S. Adults.' Least diverse are mainline Protestant denominations.

Hispanics enthusiastic about Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. "He understands the problems of immigrants."

Financial Times: US could prove tough audience for pope.

"Someday is Now," a retrospective on the art of Sr. Corita Kent.

Armagh, Northern Ireland -- Ireland’s Top Bishop Meets with Gay Advocates, Withdraws Marriage Boycott Threat

Republicans Alter Script on Abortion, Seeking to Shift Debate With help from a well-funded, well-researched and invigorated anti-abortion movement, Republican politicians have refined how they are talking about pregnancy and abortion rights, choosing their words in a way they hope puts Democrats on the defensive.

Obama calls Huckabee’s Iran deal Holocaust analogy ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’ Such commentary doesn’t "help inform the American people," Obama says.

The Francis Factor: How Will The Pope Influence The 2016 Election?

Looking for a little inspiration to begin your day? NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you an option based on the Scripture readings of the day:

DailyBreadBanner.jpgDaily Bread is a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned Scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.

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